Through a joint effort with the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and the leadership of the state’s non-public schools, the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Commission, Inc. (KyNPSC, Inc.) was created to address the common concerns of those privately-operated schools that desired to be in voluntary compliance with state standards, and thus become "certified" non-public schools.

The KyNPSC, Inc. is a diverse group drawing membership from religiously-affiliated schools, private independent schools, and home schools. The group was incorporated in 1993, and the KBE subsequently vetted and approved the following groups providing accreditation for state certification purposes:

  • The KyNPSC, Inc.
  • American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) / AdvancEd
  • Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
  • North American Division of Seventh Day Adventists
  • International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA)
  • Association Montessori International (AMI)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)

The KyNPSC, Inc. itself is proud to be an accredited member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

State-certified non-public schools are eligible for many of the programs and services available to public schools, including certain forgivable teacher loans, KEES Scholarships, and KHSAA membership.